Growth Mindset

Students who believe their intelligence is not "fixed" and can be improved are said to have a "growth mindset." Below are the latest stories and Commentaries on this concept, including archives and special reports.

—Jori Bolton for Education Week

Mindset in the Classroom: A National Study of K-12 Teachers

Based on exclusive results from an original national survey, this Education Week Research Center report examines the concept of growth mindset as well as key misconceptions that could undermine its effectiveness. (September 21, 2016)

Spotlight on Growth Mindset

In this Spotlight, read how schools are embracing social-emotional learning, nurturing growth mindsets, and creating classroom opportunities for meaningful struggle.

Spotlight on Social-Emotional Learning

In this Spotlight, see how states are partnering on social-emotional learning standards, how ed tech is focusing on developing important character traits in students, and how noncognitive skills can help combat discrimination in schools.

Video: What Is a Growth Mindset?

Video: The Journey to a Growth Mindset

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October 26, 2016 – Education Week
An Education Week Research Center survey highlights teachers' enthusiasm for the concept and their desire for more professional development on how to effectively use it in their classrooms.
September 21, 2016 – Education Week
Having a growth mindset may help buffer students from low-income families from the effects of poverty on academic achievement, researchers found in a first-of-its kind, large-scale study of 168,000 10th grade students in Chile.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
Before K-12 leaders measure social-emotional learning in the classroom, educators must prepare to help students develop those skills, writes K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard.
July 21, 2016 – Education Week
One of the most influential and hotly debated education studies in American history turns 50 this weekend. See what's changed on five key education issues in the decades since James S. Coleman published his landmark report.
July 1, 2016 – Education Week
Current ways of studying students' social-emotional skills must improve if they are to be used for accountability, experts cautioned at a recent gathering of education researchers.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
Suspension rates, school-climate surveys, and students' social-emotional skills are key factors as a group of California districts looks to evaluate how their schools are doing.
January 7, 2016 – Quality Counts
When students have a positive attitude about math, their brains operate more efficiently, according to researchers from Stanford University.
December 9, 2015 – Education Week
To foster traits like grit and growth mindset, teachers need to develop lessons that challenge students to work independently toward grasping key conceptual ideas, write researchers Brad Ermeling, James Hiebert, and Ron Gallimore.
December 7, 2015 – Teacher
Teacher Linda Yaron shares what elements she incorporates into her curriculum to help strengthen student opportunities for success.
November 10, 2015 – Teacher

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